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tonight, president trump declares he has the absolute right to pardon himself while railing against the russia investigation. an extraordinary claim igniting a firestorm and we asked the white house. >> does the president believe that he is above the law? >> a dramatic end to the hunt for a suspected serial killer and new clues to what may have triggered a murder spree. an nbc news exclusive, the armed officer who never entered the school while a gunman opened fire in parkland. >> this will haunt me the rest of my life. >> he tells his side of his story in the first tv interview. the nbc news interview that got heated when our correspondent asked about the me,
too movement and monica lewinsky. >> do you owe her an apology? >> i never talked to her. new questions that find many breast cancer patients don't need chemo. our doctors with answers. believe it or not, these kids can't wait to see the dentist. wait until you see what does the trick. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening and nice to be back with you. the president of the united states is above the law. at least that seems to be the legal opinion of donald trump who tweeted as much today by claiming the power to grant himself a pardon if need be. the president is not accused of any crimes and denies doing anything wrong, yet under a shadow of investigation, he has waged a campaign to discredit the work of the special counsel but what he tweeted today reached well beyond that suggesting impunity from justice, opening a debate that may give many our peter alexan has details. >> reporter: from president trump a
presidential power tweeting about the russia investigation, while maintaining he's done nothing wrong. a claim unprecedented. >> does the president believe he's above the law? >> certainly not. the president hasn't donenything wrong. >> does the president believe the framers envisioned a system where the president could pardon himself or be above the law? >> certainly the constitution very clearly lays out the law and once again, the president hasn't done anything wrong. >> reporter: the president's personal lawyer rudy giuliani agrees unthinkable and lead to probably an >> r orter: the republican chairman of the judiciary committee pushing back. >> if i were president of the united states and i had a lawyer that told me i could pardon myself, i think i would hire a new even arguing hypothetically, the president could shoot james comey and not be
prosecuted, get away with murder but would be impeached the next day. >> i happen to believe the president can grt a paon to himself but that would be a horrendously not noble act in our history. >> reporter: the president also today tweeting, the appointment of a special counsel is totally unconstitutional. mr. trump's most aggressive attack yet in the assault under legitimacy of robert mueller's investigation and at odds with what he said in 2016 and hilly clinton. >> special prosecutor, here we come, right? >> reporter: tonight the white house wouldn't rule out the ility that at some point pardon himself on this day 500 of his presidency, he is looming what happened during that time, the russia investigation. lester? >> peter alexander at the white house, thanks. a four-day killing spree in arizona came to a dramatic end with a motel shootout police believe the
the murders of at least six people that may have been connected to the divorce case including a psychiatrist that consulted on the jonbenet ramsey murder. nbc miguel almaguer is in arizona. >> reporter: the alleged serial shooter opening fire on police, investigated for killing six found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. law enforcement sources tell nbc news, the suspect is 56-year-old dwight jones. what's the apparent motive here? >> so we're taking a look at the relationship between the suspect and the deceased. >> reporter: the murder spree, perhaps tied to a long and bitter divorce, started thursday with the execution of dr. steve pitt our phoenix affiliate reporting the psychiatrist conducted a mental health evaluation on the suspect during his
divorce. >> i visited with your husband a couple days ago for about four >> reporter: this video, which appears to have been posted by the suspect on youtube seems to show dr. pitt interviewing the suspect's ex-wife. after killing pitt, police say the gunman shot two paralegals friday at the law firm of his ex-wife's divorce attorney. >> someone took a very good person and left two boys with no mom. that's sad. >> reporter: sunday, police discovered their fourth victim, marshall lavine, a counselor that worked in the same building where the gunman was reportedly seeing a therapist. today at this home, detectives are investigating another double-murder connected to jones. >> quite dramatic. >> reporter: pretty scary? >> yes. >> reporter: tonight, six lives lost in a killing spree finally over. at a press conference inside police headquarters behind me, investigators say all of the victims are connecto the
suspect in a twisted web through his divorce proceedings. they say they have collected ballistics and dna at all of the scenes, as for the suspect's ex-wife who sought a protective order from the suspect, she was uninjured in any of thelester? >> miguel almaguer, thank you. the u.s. supreme court today in one of the most closely watched cases of the term sited with a colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple. the ruling was a narrow one, a victory for the baker without the justices settling some of the larger questions in the case. our justice correspondent pete williams explains. >> reporter: it's a clear win for jack phillips of denver, who said baking a cake for a same-sex couple would violate his christian beliefs to artistry. >> my life is tied to my believes. this is an extension of it. >> reporter: when he turned down david and charlie who wanted a cake for their wedding celebration, they sued. >> we hoped that people now know that
business every day. >> reporter: colorado said phillips violated in every kind of a state law that bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation but a 7-2 vote the supreme court says phillips wins because colorado didn't take his religious claims seriously enough. >> the court said religious freedom is an important value that needs to be weighed in deciding these cases. it doesn't tip the scale one way or another but puts it back on the scale. >> reporter: the win was a for phillips and doesn't say whether florists, photographers and more havehe religious freedom to refuse service to same-sex couples. >> a ruling that says businesses like this bakery have a right to discnaom this court. not even close. >> reporter: justice anthony kennedy who wrote the majority opinion said those disputes must persons to indignities. >> the big question about whether cakes are free
speech, whether photographers could be protected in not servingme-sex wdings is completely unanswered today to the disappointment of both sides. >> reporter: while the vote was 7-2, the court is closely divided on this religious freedom issue. when the next case comes, it will depend whether anthony kennedy retires or stays on. >> pete williams, thank you. as we continue to watch that dangerous volcano prompting evacuations in hawaii, tonight there is another volcano emergency, this time in guatemala where authorities say at least 62 people are dead. hundreds more are rervivors after the volcano erupted wi hathe lates >> reporter: tonight, the volcano of fire is living up to its nam sech fr reach rural villages
covered in ash. a policeman recorded this dramatic video as his car was engulfed. this woman narrowly escaped. all the people couldn't get out. i think they ended up buried. located 25 miles southwest of guatemala city, fuego is one of the most active in central america. cameras capturing the eruption around noon sunday. so powerl, it was visible from space. ash billowed 15,000 feet into the air and blanketing three towns. the charred landscape so hot it melted the shoes of rescuers. some firefighters wept amid the destruction in shelters, so many children. we covered ourselves in sheets because we were suffocating this woman says. unlike the continuous slow-moving lava flows in hawaii, the so-called pyroclastic flows in guatela quick chaot avalanches. this group recording it on their phones before running for theiv.
this is the deadliest eruption in guatemala in more than a century. tonight communities are bracing for others as crews search for the missing. gabe gutierrezc to the interview making a lot of helines today. former president bill clinton speaking about his affair with monica lewinsky through the lens of the me, too and reflecting on his decision not to resign following a lengthy investigation and impeachment. with james patterson he spoke for the first time with this with nbc's craig melvin. >> looking back on what happened then, through the lens of me, too now, too you think differentl fe more responsibility? >> no, i felt terrible then, and i came to it -- >> did you ever apologize? >> yes, you are giving one side and omitting facts. >> mr. presinot trying to pr said you had. you ever >> i have. >> you apologizedr?
>> i had. i apologized to everybody in the world. >> it is important to me that everybody who has been hurt know thathe sorrow i feel is genuine. first and most important, my family. also, my friends. my staff. my cabinet. monica lewinsky and her family. >> but you didn't apologize to her? >> i have not talked to her. >> do you feel you owe her an apology? >> no, i do -- i do not -- i've never talked to her. but i did say publicly on more than one occasionhat i was sorry. that's very different. the apology was public. >> that public apology did not take the spotlitodaof grateful to the myriad of people that gain perspective in the past 20 years. >> you don't think a private apology is let's talk about lbj. stop already. let's talk about jfk. >> i don't think yo you- you-
think president kennedy should have resigned? do you believe president johnson should have resigned? someone should ask you these questions because of the way you formulate the questions. i dealt with it 20 years ago plus and the american people, two-thirds of them stayed with me and i've tried to do a good job since then with my life and with my work. that's all i have to say to you. >> president clinton with our craig melvin. you can see much more of that interview on nbcnews.com. there is good news tonight from maine where former president george h.w. bush has been released from the hospital after more than a week. the 93-year-old bush was treated for low blood pressure and fatigue. the spokesman says he's back to his old self and looking forward to spending the summer with family and friends. we'll take a turn the now former officer who was armed and on campus during the high school massacre in parkland, florida is breaking his silence. we're hearing his si
of the story about why he didn't go inside the school as 17 people were gunned down inside. we get more from nbc's kerry sanders. >> i'm sorry. i'm sorry that i didn't. >> reporter: for the first time school resource officer scott peterson is speaking out to nbc's savannah guthrie months after security video revealed he didn't enter the school during the shooting. peterson says operators at two caused delays in information >> about a shooter inside the building. >> no real-time >> or even inside the intelligence. sc the shots were coming from and tonight, the "south florida sun sentinel" reports school monitor andrew medina was the first to spot the shooter on campus siting a sworn statement, the paper says medina radioed ahead to warn another campus monitor about suspicious former student but didn't call law enforcement saying he had been trained not to unless he saw a gun. medina did not respond
to requests for comment. peterson says he has not stopped thinking about that day. >> this will haunt me the rest of my life. it will. you know, these were my kids. >> reporter: fred whose daughter jamie was among the 17 killed, tweeting today, scott peterson, you were not a victim. they are not your kids, as you say. margry stoneman douglas high school students, some graduated yesterday say they are less interested in could have, should e have and are more focused on registering upwards of 4 million teenagers to vote. kerry sanders, nbc news, parkland. >> you can see more of nnah's interview of scott peterson tomorrow on "today". major medical news, why thousands of women with early stage breast cancer being told they can skip the painful chemo therapy treatments. also, the big change brewing for starbucks.
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at is "nightly news" for this monday night. i'm lester holt, for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. nbc news, thanthe bay area so expensive, the national park service can )t afford to stay. we )re looking into just how may people are moving out. ride-share drivers -- pick up a woman, drive her dozens of miles from her home, and sexually assault her. now, a break in the case. but first -- the san francisco l- b-g-t community outraged. the u-s supreme court sides with a baker, who refused to make a cake for a same sex couple getting married.
the news at 4:30 starts now. good evening and thanks for being with us, i )m janelle wan. d we )re on early tonight becaue of the stanley cup final -- which begins at 5. we wanna start w/ some breaking news. one of the bay area )s most legendary athletes has died. 49ers legend dwight clark has lost his battle with a-l-s clark )s wife "kelly" tweeted the news, less than a hour ago saying quote: "i )m heartbroken to tell you that today i lost my best friend and husband. he passed peacefully surrounded by many of the people he loved most. i am thankful for all of dwight )s fans who have sent their love during his battle with als." clark )s last public appearance, was last october, when he was honored during halftime at the 49ers-cowboys game at levi )s stadium. it was swift decline... that was october of 2017. in march of 2017, clark acknowledged that he was